Haryana's Manohar Lal Khattar seeks neighbouring states' help to improve sex ratio

Chandigarh: Aiming to achieve a target of 950 plus sex ratio at birth (SRB) by the end of the year, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has sought "coordinated efforts" among neighbouring states to check female foeticide.

He wrote letters today to the chief ministers of Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and has also attached a brief note and a presentation for their perusal.

"I am confident that concerted and coordinated efforts of state governments will help in saving thousands of girls," he wrote.

"Deep desire for male child in the society coupled with complex nexus of unscrupulous elements involved in sex determination and female feticide resulted in skewed sex ratio in the state," the letter said.

He explained the strategy adopted in Haryana to check the female feticide.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act were rigorously implemented in Harayana with the coordinated efforts of all wings of government -- police, health, food and drugs administration, prosecution, ably led by deputy commissioners in all the districts, the CM said.

He also urged them to direct their authorities concerned to take strong steps in coordination with authorities in Haryana, which would surely lead to improved sex ratio in all the neighbouring states.

Khattar said Haryana had lowest child sex ratio in the country as per census 2011, but now that has crossed the benchmark SRB of 900 for the first time in December 2015.

This, he said, could be made possible "due to strenuous efforts put in by all deputy commissioners since the launch of 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Panipat on January 22, 2015."

He further said in his communication that a massive crackdown was launched to take action against elements selling sex selection drugs and MTP kits, which were freely available earlier.

During last year, Khattar mentioned that he had been reviewing the programme with deputy commissioners and superintendents of police through video conferences.

He said he did create a small 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Secretariat' in his office to regularly monitor implementation of the campaign with deputy commissioners and all concerned.

While stating that more than 200 FIRs were registered against the violators of PNDT/MTP Acts during last about nine months, Khattar stressed that out of them more than 25 FIRs were got registered after joint raids in coordination with authorities in bordering states.

These included more than seven in various districts of Punjab, eight each in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, and one each in Hanumangarh and Jhunjhnu districts of Rajasthan.

Khattar appreciated the full support extended by deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of the neighbouring states for making the cross border raids successful.

"Our experience has demonstrated very clearly that notorious elements operate in contiguous districts in neighbouring states also to indulge in sex selective abortions," he added.

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Updated Date: Apr 22, 2016 22:34:09 IST

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